Natalie Voss

Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Second Chances for All

The love story between inmates at minimum-security correctional facilities and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horses is a familiar one. What is a little unusual, however, is the field trip that selected inmates from the James River Work Center take once a year as part of their Groom Elite training. On Thursday, Colonial Downs in New Kent, […]

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Five Horses Test Positive for EHV-1 at Woodbine

Five horses have tested positive for EHV-1 at Woodbine this week, prompting the Ontario Racing Commission to quarantine two barns and institute shipping restrictions for all horses on the backstretch. A Tom O’Keefe-trained filly was euthanized on Monday after displaying neurologic symptoms. A second horse, trained by Paul Attard, began showing similar symptoms on Tuesday […]

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Oh, Deer: Bambi Breezes Two Furlongs at Keeneland

Morning workouts at Keeneland Racecourse were briefly interrupted on Saturday morning when a rogue deer took to the track for an unscheduled two-furlong workout. According to observers, the deer seemed to come from the lawn area in front of the grandstand at around 6:30 a.m. and breezed in a relaxed fashion immediately following two horses. […]

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Pletcher May Bring Girl Power to Belmont

In addition to three confirmed Belmont Stakes starters in Palace Malice, Revolutionary, and Overanalyze, trainer Todd Pletcher may be sending a filly to the 1 1⁄2-mile contest. Unlimited Budget remains unconfirmed for the Belmont, but if she goes, Pletcher said it is “very, very likely” jockey Rosie Napravnik will get the mount. Unlimited Budget would […]

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‘Racing is Cool’: America’s Best Racing Tour Exceeding Expectations

You might have caught a glimpse of America’s Best Racing’s brightly-colored RV at the Kentucky Derby, or stopped by the display to pilot an Equicizer along with other revelers on The Hill at Keeneland’s April meet. But if you’re not part of the twentysomething party crowd, chances are you haven’t encountered the ABRV or one […]

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Reflections on a First Derby Experience

I’m pretty sure I’ve been watching the Kentucky Derby on television my whole life. My mom plopped me in front of it as a toddler to keep me quiet, and had no idea what she started. The first one I can actually remember was 1994, when I rooted for distant sixth-place finisher Tabasco Cat to […]

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McGaughey: ‘I Can’t Wait For a Week From Saturday’

In a Preakness preview conference call on Thursday, Orb conditioner Shug McGaughey said that he remains confident about what he’s seeing from the Kentucky Derby winner. “Each day I get a little bit more confident. Just sitting here talking to you, I can’t wait to train him tomorrow morning,” he said. “As we know, anything […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Mylute

When Paul Bulmahn sat down to a business lunch at Maker’s Mark in May 2002, he had no idea how much the affair would change his life. Bulmahn, who was being honored for his accomplishments at the helm of ATP Oil and Gas Company, found himself sitting next to an affable lunch companion, and the […]

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White Thoroughbreds: Genetically Mutant Snow Drops

The fields at Patchen Wilkes Farm are once again filled with a dozen new mares and foals, and as usual, a few of the farm’s trademark white horses are standing out like snowdrops against the green grass. The farm welcomed a new white foal in March to white mare Spot of Beauty and Thunder Gulch, […]

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A (Not So Wild) Ride in a Jockey’s Stirrups

My favorite time of day at any racetrack has always been training hours. I’ve found myself in awe, if not plain envious, of the exercise riders and jockeys who pilot Thoroughbreds with apparent ease and, it would seem, nerves of steel. I have always suspected as a rider myself that the men and women galloping […]

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